I follow my morning skin routine religiously. My choice of products is based primarily on science (as a cosmetic chemist who reads scientific journals about skin and hair care daily – and applies that knowledge on my own skin care). I also use tried and true as well as cutting edge ingredients and agents proven to improve skin. In the morning, I start by gently rinsing off my face with a clean, wet washcloth. I pat until mostly dry. Then I apply a vitamin C and hyaluronic acid combination serum. Vitamin C is an anti-aging superstar. It is an antioxidant which slows the rate of free-radical damage – free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles – it also has been proven to reverse DNA damage. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant which is a substance that draws moisture from the air to it. Humectants, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin, give your skin an infusion of moisture. This shot of hydration is key to filling in dry lines and keeping skin supple and healthy. This combination serum (vitamin C and hyaluronic acid) is an absolute must first layer that promotes beautiful, healthy skin, and defends against damage. Next post, I will share my second layer of skin repairing and aging defense.